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    September 15, 2010
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few color-coded maps that showed which homes were damaged and which were a complete loss. and he spoke with city officials, people from pg&e and the ntsb. he said he was already in the air on his way to china when the incident took place and didn't turn around to come back because he trusted lieutenant governor to take care of the whole situation until he returned. but he says now that he's back, he's going to get answers. >> i will make sure that we will get every single detail and information, and that we will share that with you. because you have the right to know everything that went wrong, if something went wrong and why it went wrong. >> reporter: now, schwarzenegger actually spent very little time in this neighborhood. an hour at the most. but while he was here, he did go down a very long list of people to thank. many agencies, many different individuals. and that included president
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obama. he says he talked to president obama the day after this explosion took place and he says the president told him that whatever the people of san bruno need, he will provide. tracey grant, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, tracey. also today those who lost the most were finally allowed to return to what's left of their homes. everything that this family owns, now sits in the back of their truck. but they say seeing it starts the healing process for them. >> for the people who lost lives, those are the people i -- my heart just bleeds for them. you know, to go in there and see you lost material items, that's one thing, but to know that family members were lost, you can't place any kind of remorse on the scale they must be feeling right now. >> you remember bob from that first night on the air, the explosion, he was on our air live. now families who live within that blast zone will be allowed
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one more visit before a hazmat crew moves in to clean up the area. new tonight at 5:00, serious questions being raised tonight about whether pg&e delayed repairs to a section of that san bruno pipeline, even though it already charged customers for the work. the utility reform network returns to the watchdog group, producing documents today showing pg&e requested and got $5 million in 2007 to repair a mile and a half stretch of the pipeline near the explosion site. that work was supposed to take place in 2009, but that year pg&e filed papers pushing the work back to 2013. they claim deferred maintenance is a widespread problem with pg&e. >> the money that's supposed to be spent on these safety and reliability projects is being diverted to other purposes. >> turn claims the same year the $5 million project was delayed, pg&e bosses took home $60
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million in bonuses. they contacted pg&e repeatedly. a spokesperson said they're working on a response which was not available by the time we started this newscast. in the wake of the san bruno explosion, the obama administration is asking congress to increase oversight of pipelines nationwide. and to raise penalties for safety violations. they would increase the maximum fine for serious violations from $1 million to $2.5 million. it would also pay for an additional 40 inspectors and safety regulators over the next four years. federal investigators are also zeroing in on the shutoff valves for the ruptured pipelines. pg&e said it took workers almost two hours to close the valves because of the intense heat. now some state leaders are questioning whether the valves should have been controlled remotely. if those valves had been closed in a matter of minutes, the explosion would have caused far less destruction. state and federal lawmakers from
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the bay area are now planning to introduce bills requiring automatic shutoff valves. stay with nbc bay area news for continuing coverage of the san bruno explosion. you can always get the latest updates on our website, including the raw 911 dispatch tapes from the day of the explosion. sarah shourd was to receive a medical exam today, her first checkup after more than a year in an iranian prison. she arrived in amman yesterday. shourd her mom said had serious health problems, including a lum of in her breast, which was a key factor in iran releasing her in which they are saying is humanitarian ground. the two other hikers still imprisoned in iran are urging the president there to bring the men with him to new york. ahmadinejad will be at a u.n. meeting next week. but it does give them hope that their sons will be released
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soon. the iranian president told nbc news today that the outcome of the trial against the men is now in the hands of the judge and that he will not step in to stop it. you can see an exclusive interview with the iranian president, ahmadinejad, on "nbc nightly news" at 5:30 right after this newscast. in this day and age it seems almost everyone has a cell phone camera, and we have certainly seen how they've played a role in cases against police officers accused of excessive force. now the city of oakland has decided to join san jose police and equip its officers with their own cameras. nbc bay area's kimberly terry is live in oakland with more on why and who's paying for them. >> reporter: oakland police say they get a lot of complaints from citizens about their officers. and they want to use these cameras to clear the air. so instead of the he said/she said, they can go straight to the video for the truth. in the next two months the
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oakland police department hopes to have a clip-on video camera. >> you don't even know it's on. it's actually very small and inobtrusive. >> reporter: the cost, $540,000, money earmarked years ago for survey lens equipment. after testing other cameras including some that are car mounted, oakland police decided on these. >> so far, what i've seen, the video is very clear, the audio's very good. >> reporter: they tested the new technology. he pulled this man over for expired registration. >> you just spilled your beer there. hand me the beer, too. >> reporter: turns out the man was also tested for driving under the influence. but officer lowe said there wasn't enough evidence and just gave him a citation for the expired tags. the driver says the cameras are great for accountability. >> that should be good. because legally, everybody would know what happened. you know? so that couldn't hurt nothing. >> reporter: police agree,
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hoping these cameras will improve both officer and civilian safety. >> there's cameras everywhere. in the wrong hands, even an innocent looking situation could be made to look pretty bad. so it's important that we have our side of the story, to show, you know, what in fact the officer was doing. >> reporter: at the end of their shift, officers have to download their video to a secure server. >> it needs to be noted officers cannot tamper with the video camera. there's no editing. they can't delete. >> reporter: for many officers, including lowe, having a camera isn't anything new. he's been carrying his personal one on him for years. to use during traffic stops. >> a judge would hem and haw where you were telling the truth or not. after losing a couple cases, i decided it's time to show that what i'm saying is true. >> reporter: oakland police say they will hold training sessions for all of their officers to teach them how and when to start
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recording and how to download that video after their shift. they will also use the recording to help train officers to use the proper techniques in the field. live in oakland, kimberly terry, nbc area news. san francisco police are trying to figure out who pulled off a deadly home invasion in the bayview. it happened at the home near rankin street about 11:00 last night. two armed men rang the door bell and then suddenly opened fire. 57-year-old dennis dixon was killed, his 25-year-old son hurt. police arrested the suspects a short time later. it's not clear if those men were targeted. the republican candidate for governor meg whitman has already won race. she has spent her way into the record books. whitman put another $15 million of her own money into her campaign this week, and with seven weeks to go, she has now spent $119 million of her own money. making hers the most expensive self-funded campaign in u.s.
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history. she has received an additional $24 million in donations for a total of $143 million. al gore spent on his 2000 presidential campaign. she passed michael bloomberg who spent more than $109 million campaign last year. tom brokaw will moderate in san rafael. while state lawmakers set a new record, and it's not one that's going to please voters. tomorrow lawmakers will tie the record for the longest budget standoff in state history. and the deal doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon. the impact of the delay hasn't been widely felt yet, but that could change next month when tax funds to pay for bills will likely start running out. still ahead at 5:00, it has always been considered a brain drain. but researchers say long hours at the computer might not be so
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bad for kids after all. we'll show you which children benefit. on the subject of kids, a surprising new report on what teens aren't being taught in sex ed classes. the air wars, are low-cost airlines really beating out their big-name competition? travelers ranked the best and worst ways to fly. craigslist breaks its silence about the controversy over its adult services section. good afternoon. i'm chief meteorologist jeff. only 60 in strans and just 71 in san jose. mild for tomorrow as well. 11:00 a.m., only 67 in the south bay. and yes, we are tracking showers in your seven-day forecast.
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a craigslist representative testified before congress about the sudden departure of the adult section of the website. craigslist will no longer allow ads for sexual services and those interested will just shift to other internet sites. craigslist shut down that portion of the website this month after extreme criticism from state attorneys general and organizations working to end child trafficking. the exec combats exploitation. more women are dying in childbirth these days. but the numbers are still high. in fact, high enough that target goals won't be met. the world health organization reports that 358,000 women died
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in 2008. mostly in poor countries of sub saharan africa and south asia. that's a huge drop from 1990 in pregnancy complications killed 546,000 women. women in developing countries are 36 times more likely to die from a pregnancy related cause than those in developed countries. almost all u.s. teen ablers get formal sex education in high school, but the centers for disease control survey says those lessons focus more on abstinence and sexually transmitted diseases and less on birth control. researchers also found that younger teenage girls were more likely than boys to have talked with parents about sex and birth control methods. the birth rate for teenagers rose from 2005 through 2007 and then dipped in 2008. if you think your kids are wasting their time and their brains are withering away because they're constantly playing on the computer, you might be wrong.
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the results of a new study that show those hours on the computer may actually be better for your kids than we previously thought. >> reporter: if you've ever worried about the hours your little one spends doing this, a new study says computer time, even playing games, may actually be productive. >> they learn how to use it, how to get information. and answer questions and develop strategies. >> reporter: the study by the university of maryland looked at pre-teens and in many cases linked hours at the computer with an increase in test scores. african-american boys saw the biggest jump with more access to home computers than ever before. >> the dramatic rise for african-american boys is really striking. >> reporter: their reading scores were up four points. girls' scores also increased and the study found white girls saw a better social interaction the more they played on the computer. the only group that didn't see the improvement is white boys. with a slight decrease in test scores and increase in violent
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tendencies. >> as they get older, there's more concern about the more aggressive games. that would be on the video consoles than computer. >> reporter: not all games are created equal and there can be too much of a good thing. >> i think parents really need to look at what exactly in terms of a media diet it is that their children are doing. >> reporter: researchers say in the right combination, child's play may help kids win in the classroom. this study does not apply to television. the screen that kids still spend most of their time in front of. it also does not apply to video game consoles like xbox or play station. only the home computer. people have said decent things about the week. >> that's not television. >> exactly right. >> if you knock television, we wouldn't be able to see jeff and see the weather. >> and showers. >> now i might turn you off.
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>> no, keep us on. we're going to pinpoint when to expect the showers to come on in. we're going to set it all up with the wacky summer pattern we have been in across the west. jet stream is really staying persistent, well across montana of central and southern california. even into late spring. the fifth below normal month across the bay area. so far this is the coolest bay area summer on record. look at everything across the wide scale and san rafael had the coolest august on record. so a lot of cool highlights coming here to the bay area. and our trend this week, down below average. the radar's dry for now. but we are going to be talking about those showers as we head throughout the next three-day forecast. right now in san francisco, we have the fog. pushing back to the coastline. we had sunshine in san francisco at 68. but that fog will be easily continually moving back in for tonight. temperatures here in the 60s in san mateo. just 71 in san jose.
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and 78 in livermore. conditions about five to seven degrees below our averages. so tonight and into tomorrow morning, mid-50s with us. of course, the fog. thursday our system's offshore. then by friday, saturday and sunday the system moves over to bring showers to the bay area. we do have a system, a separate system moving through northern california and also washington and oregon. that's continuing to push north. we'll stay dry from system number one. friday's system is still out here. that's what looks to bring us some showers. 6:00 p.m. on thursday, the rain is still offshore. then as we advance this, the frontal system will get closer for friday morning. we're not looking at the chance of showers in the north bay until about 3:00 p.m. on friday. maybe a drizzle into san francisco. and then as we head into 7:00 a.m., north bay, san francisco, peninsula, gets in another chance of scattered showers. that will last through the entire day on saturday. then by sunday, it lingers across the bay area. scattered showers for friday
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night, saturday and also sunday morning right now. the east bay, mid-50s here. a little bit of low cloud cover by 11:00 a.m. upper 60s. as for overnight temperatures, upper 40s to near 50 in the north bay and upper 40s to 50s in the peninsula. cool start back into the east bay. temperature profiles for tomorrow south bay, upper 70s to near 80 degrees. it will be dry tomorrow. we'll have sunshine out there. friday is when that cloud cover increases. and we get that chance of showers for the evening hours. totals not expected to be high. once again, it's going to be a hit-and-miss with .005 in the north bay to trace amounts across the peninsula and also into san francisco. morningtime on the weather channel on cable, another way to look at it always, in the seven-day forecast. numbers stay below average, with showers. i'm going to say it again, late friday, a chance of scattered showers on saturday and sunday and then we clear things out.
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it has been wild this summer. >> well, it's always stunning to hear that word showers for the first time. >> when does summer end? >> it ends officially next wednesday. fall begins and we flip over the calendar. >> only one more week of weird summer. >> yes. >> a weird fall. >> and a wacky fall. thank you. >> sure. still ahead at 5:00, taking flight. the unique new attraction spinning the bounce back. 13 years of law enforcement, i've never had anybody thank me for issuing a citation. >> why one man said getting pulled over by a police officer ended up saving his life. the list of the best and the worst airlines when it comes to customer satisfaction. !%
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better than expected numbers on retail sales, helped boost the markets tea as the september rally continued. the dow jones finished up more than 46 points. the nasdaq added 11.
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the dow has now finished up in nine of the past 11 days. the blown-out well which spewed more than 200 million gallons of oil into the gulf of mexico should be completely sealed by sunday. a relief well will intersect with the sealed well within 24 hours. and then mud and cement will be pumped in which should permanently seal the well after four days. to avert a similar catastrophic leak, the obama administration today ordered all companies in the gulf of mexico to plug or dismantle thousands of wells and platforms that are no longer in use. bigger is apparently not better when it comes to airline satisfaction. that's the perception at least of passengers. according to usa. discount air carriers today led in quality and service. they found that air travelers rank low-cost carriers higher in quality and service. jet wblu jetblue, southwest and frontier airlines.
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u.s. airways, delta and american airlines ranked lowest. when police officers write tickets, they get a lot of complaints, dirty looks. some bad excuses. but they never get a thank you. steven carroll of florida, though, says a ticket saved his life. in 40 years of driving, he says he never wore his seat belt. but this summer he made the mistake of catching the eye of sergeant casey o'donnell. he was furious for a while. >> almost three weeks to the day i'm driving home. less than a quarter mile from my house. a person runs the stop sign, t bones me. my van gets rolled over. >> in 13 years of law enforcement i've never had anybody call me back to thank me. >> that $130 ticket was the best money he ever spent. >> there is a lesson. >> yes. >> we'll be right back with the bay 's introducing the samsung fascinate powered by verizon.
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but what were the results? fact: brown promised to improve schools. but the drop out rate increased 50%, and the state had to take over the schools. fact: the city controller found employees paid for 22,000 hours... they never worked. fact: brown promised to cut crime. but murders doubled, making oakland the 4th most dangerous city in america. jerry brown. he just can't deliver the results california needs now.
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finally, tonight, a 1912 airplane hangar in san francisco's presidio is once again sending people into the air. today marked the opening of the house of air trampoline park. it's filled with state of the art trampolines. you pay an hourly fee to bounce. they'll appeal to everyone from fun seekers to serious hard-core athletes. >> it's exhausting. it's fantastic. sweaty, out of breath. amazing. really fun. we've got a lot of places for you to catch your breath and come back on. >> the park even has a trampoline dodge ball.
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they celebrate their opening this friday. >> did you see the view out the window? when you're bouncing, you can watch the waters. >> let's go.
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barbara boxer. she fought to get our veterans the first full combat carecalifornia. her after school law's keeping a million kids off the street and out of gangs. and she's fighting every day to create new jobs. boxer: i'm working to make california the leader